Guerneville bridge over Russian River

Guerneville

Charmingly rustic, the town of Guerneville (pop. 4,534) mixes towering redwoods, cool river waters, laid-back attitudes, and Sonoma Wine Country delights in a pleasing blend that makes it a popular destination, as well as an established gay vacation resort.

Guerneville has always been a vacation getaway for San Franciscans — by train in the 1870s to the 1930s, and by car through the 1950s. In the 1970s it became a welcoming resort area for Bay Area gay men and lesbians.

Today, visitors stay in cozy cabins, uniquely rustic resorts, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other lodgings. They can choose to eat at trendy restaurants, food stands, or hip cafes reminiscent of the flower-power era.

And with more than 50 wineries within a 20-minute drive, wine tasting in the cool-climate Russian River Valley wine region is definitely a must for wine lovers.

With canoes, kayaks, inner tubes, umbrellas, and beach chairs available for rent, Johnson's Beach provides the main river access in downtown Guerneville, within walking distance of restaurants and shops.

Visit the awe-inspiring, 805-acre Armstrong  Redwoods State Natural Reserve, two miles north of Guerneville's Main Street. Walk among the serene, majestic beauty of California coast redwoods, some of the world's tallest living things. It can be a transforming experience.

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The Farmhand Photo
15025 River Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

Gourmet deli, espresso bar, and market specializing in house made food with quality ingredients sourcing local with all products as often as possible. Boasting a family environment with spectacular…

Glass Images Photo
16369 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Russian River GLASS IMAGES is a unique STAINED GLASS ART studio / gallery in the town of GUERNEVILLE nestled in the heart of the Wine Country and Redwood Empire of Sonoma County, California just 70…

Babble-On Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Craftsman-Style Mountain Woodland Cottage, Very Romantic with Spectacular Mountain/Forest Views, Beautifully Remodeled, Furnished with Great Style, Gas Fireplace, Deck Overlooking Year-Round Creek…

Blue Door Gallery Photo
16259 Main Street, Guerneville, CA 95446

Located alongside the Russian River in west Sonoma County, the Blue Door Gallery showcases three talented local artists: Marge Margulies, Douglas Devivo and Mary Livingston.

The Old Cazadero Cabin Photo
Contact us directly, Guerneville, CA 95446

Your private retreat in the coastal redwoods of Sonoma County awaits: a hand-built, lovingly furnished cedar cabin; rustic yet with all the comforts of home. After a full day of wine tasting, cycling…

Serendipity Photo
Russian River Getaways, Contact us directly Guerneville, CA 95446

Gorgeously Furnished, Remodeled River Hideaway with Hot Tub, Outdoor Great Room for Living and Dining, Gas Fireplace; Walk to Downtown Guerneville, Rio Nido Roadhouse & Swimming Pool, across the…